Monday 16 October 2023

Monday 16th October

The year's first Treecreeper was with the mobile tit flock around the Main Pond along with six Chiffchaff and four Goldcrest. Also in the bushes four Lesser Redpoll, two Siskin, a Blackcap and a BullfinchVismig was muted by an unfavourably strong east wind, although 355 Woodpigeon were on the move. The semi-resident Sparrowhawk and Kestrel kept the grounded finches and pipits alert in Greenland Lake.

Sparrowhawk - Alan Keatley

The ♂ Green-winged Teal (or hybrid) was with 221 Teal in Shutterton Creek, along with 645 Wigeon and two Great Crested Grebe. Also in the estuary the juvenile Osprey again, and counts included 315 Curlew, 279 Redshank, 247 Dunlin, 96 Dark and 21 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 34 Bar-tailed Godwit, 18 Shelduck, two Sandwich Tern and a Whimbrel.

Elsewhere a two Arctic Skua, a Red-throated Diver and an Arctic Tern were offshore and a Great Northern Diver circled high over the site early morning.

Other Wildlife: The weather meant the day was almost devoid of flying insects with no butterflies or dragonflies seen. The Ivy held just a few common hoverflies as well as Ivy Bee, with Common Green Lacewing Chrysoperla carnea and the harvestman Leiobunum blackwalli noted.

Common Green Lacewing - Alan Keatley

Leiobunum blackwalli - Alan Keatley

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